Jennyruth Workshops is seeking to ensure the long term sustainability of its work with learning disabled people by growing its activities to the point where the level of core funding, supplemented by the income from the sale of goods produced in the workshops and local fundraising, is sufficient to meet all day to day operating costs. Key to achieving this is the appointment of a full time general manager; grant support of ¬£41,000 is sought to cover the costs involved over the initial two years as numbers are increased and core funding is raised to the required level for long term sustainability.
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Jennyruth Workshops was established six years ago to meet the needs of five young people with Downs Syndrome. Today it supports 15 people with learning difficulties at its permanent premises near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Total net income in the year to 31 May 2008 was ¬£102,000 providing a surplus of ¬£8,000 after grants received of ¬£27,000. To overcome the present dependency on grant support and thereby ensure the long term sustainability of a charity that makes a vital contribution to the lives of local people with severe learning difficulties the workshop needs to increase the number of workers by a further four (full time equivalents). To be able to do this the charity now needs to appoint a full time general manager both to carry out the `internal‚Äô role previously undertaken by a part time volunteer but also to pursue a much wider `external‚Äô role in promoting the work of the charity and securing additional workers. Additional paid supervisory support is also required. The project is backed by a business plan and relevant market research.
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